Hold fast to dreams

For if dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
when dreams go

Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Langston Hughes 

Siegfried Sassoon’s poem, ‘In Me, Past, Present, Future Meet’ is noteworthy for a number of reasons, not just for the poem and the possible interpretations of it, but also for the poet behind the poem. Sassoon was a complex human being (like many of us) and this may be why this poem strikes a chord, as it helps us to understand the complexity of decision-making.

I DREAM'D in a dream, I saw a city invincible to the attacks of the whole of the rest of the earth;

I dream'd that was the new City of Friends;

Nothing was greater there than the quality of robust love—it led the rest;

It was seen every hour in the actions of the men of that city, And in all their looks and words.

Walt Whitman

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.
Richard Buckminster Fuller

Stories have an important role to play. They can free us from feeling stuck in our lives. Stories can heal and help us to come to terms with troublesome events, especially when they are shared with trusted confidants. Stories have the power to shift our perceived place and space in this world.  Stories have the ability to influence thoughts and decisions.  They help us to understand what happened before, what is happening now and what may happen in the future.   Stories can also transport us to other places and worlds, right from the comforts of our home.